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Doctor Who: Death in Heaven

The season finale of Peter Capaldi’s first season as the Doctor certainly packed a punch time and time again. From the opening scene when Clara tells a Cyberman that she is the Doctor, stalling for time, to the moment when Santa Claus arrives as a deus ex machina with the hope that, for Christmas, perhaps [Read More...]

NSUV Bible

Eddie Arthur shared a wonderful set of excerpts from the Not So Unpleasant Version of the Bible, shared by Archdruid Eileen. Here is the text of that post: It was Snargent who originally started it. He complained about the Crucifix in the Chapel of Contemplation – said that the depiction of an execution was quite [Read More...]

How Christmas Shopping is Like Going to Church

David Hayward shared this cartoon: I think it is hilarious. But it makes some serious points. The oddity of giving people a certain time and saying that this will be “fellowship” time or “worship” is distinctly odd, and that oddity is only missed when we have be ome accustomed to this way of doing things. [Read More...]

How Was It?

I saw this picture a few days ago. It was apparently supposed to be “Breakfast with Santa.” Either way, does anyone know how it went this morning? Did a guy in a red suit turn up, and if so, which one?   [Read more...]

Dreaming of a White Jesus

The recent statement by a Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly illustrates well why historical Jesus research is so important. Jesus has become a powerful myth, indeed more than one, and has been coopted in the service of a great many ideologies. Nothing provides as effective a counter to the infinite range of things that Jesus [Read More...]

Time and Relative Dimensions in Faith Arrives

Today there was a large sack, much like I would expect Santa to use, sitting in front of my door. But it was blue, and had “Royal Mail” written on it. It was several copies of the new book Time and Relative Dimensions in Faith: Religion and Doctor Who which I co-edited with Andrew Crome. [Read More...]

Keep (Only) Christ in Christmas

A letter to yesterday's Indianapolis Star had an interesting response to the annual “keep Christ in Christmas” hubbub. What if Christians kept just Christ in Christmas, and let go of all the stuff that is not specifically Christian? What if they let go of the trees, and the gifts, and Santa, and secular Christmas music, [Read More...]

Conference on Religion and Technology

Vadim Putzu drew to my attention this conference at Franklin & Marshall College: Conference on Religion & Technology Sponsored by the Department of Religious Studies Saturday, October 27, 2012 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Space: Bonchek Lecture Hall Building: Ann & Richard Barshinger Life Sciences & Philosophy Building The Internet has given rise to much religious imagery.  Both [Read More...]

Nicholas of Myra Mythicism?

Jesus mythicism is akin to someone saying that because there is no Santa Claus, it makes the most sense to say that there wasn’t a historical bishop Nicholas of Myra. It seems as though some are afraid that if one concedes the existence of the historical figure, you are accommodating or leaving an open door [Read More...]

Unfair Tactics in the Postmortem on the War on the War on Christmas?

Timothy Dalrymple posted a blog entry responding to one that I wrote for a previous Christmas and shared again this year. His historical point about uncertainty regarding the reason for the choice of date is probably a fair one. But I don’t think that I was at all caricaturing those who think there is a [Read More...]

A Pythonesque Christmas

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